Lauren Teruya was a reporting fellow for Honolulu Civil Beat. She is one of 53 Poynter-Koch Fellows across the country.
Prior to joining the newsroom in July 2021, Lauren wrote and produced stories for the Hawaii News Now noon show, “This is Now.”
Lauren grew up in Honolulu, attending Iolani School for 13 years. She graduated with honors in 2021 from the University of Southern California with her bachelor’s degree in journalism and theatre and master’s degree in specialized journalism.
During her final year in college, she interned with the legal team at BuzzFeed News, investigating the damage and theft that occurred during the insurrection at the Capitol. Other publications she’s written for include L.A. Taco, Jackson Hole News & Guide and Dishing Magazine.
When she’s not working, Lauren is most likely exploring the outdoors or rehearsing for a show at Diamond Head Theatre.
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